The ancient Egyptians wanted to ensure that their earthly pleasures continued beyond the grave, writes Steve Meacham.
Per-Ankh: Ancient Egypt
First-class trip to the afterlife
First-class trip to the afterlife
First-class trip to the afterlife

The ancient Egyptians wanted to ensure that their earthly pleasures continued beyond the grave, writes Steve Meacham. What do we know about Iyemhetep? asks Bronwyn Campbell. Not very much. All that was left of him was this coffin. And what a magnificent coffin.

The ancient Egyptians wanted to ensure that their earthly pleasures continued beyond the grave, writes Steve Meacham. "What do we know about Iyemhetep?" asks Bronwyn Campbell. "Not very much. All that was left of him was this coffin." And what a magnificent coffin.

We do know some details, however. There is his name, and an idealised view of what he looked like, since it is marked on the coffin to help his soul reunite with his body should the embalming process fail. And through carbon dating, we also know roughly the time when he lived - some 3000 years ago, during the 21st or 22nd dynasties of the Third Intermediate Period, between 1069 and 715BC.

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